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    July 27, 2011
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making news this morning, americans are fed up. >> voters voicing their outrage at washington where it is now crunch time for lawmakers. prions, but still no deal yet to avoid a crisis. and deadly flooding with dramatic rescues under way righk inches of rain fell overnight. and heart-stopping moments as a toddler topples over a cliff saved because of what his dad did next. and good morning, everyone. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm tanya rivero. fed up americans are sending a strong message to politicians in washington, get a debt ceiling deal done and get it done quickly.
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>> but with the deadline now less than a week away, hard-liners on both sides of the aisle are refusing to budge. abc's karen travers joins us now from washington. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, tanya. good morning, rob. republicans and democrats are no closer to a deal and house speaker john boehner's back is against the wall as he tries to rally support for his own proposal. the capitol hill switchboard is near capacity as americans voiced their frustrations about the debt ceiling stalemate. >> i'll be happy to pass it along to the senator, all right. >> we should not be raising the debt ceiling. >> do you believe the president should also cocoromise? >> reporter: there is a heightened sense of urgency in washington with five days left before the nation hits its credit limit. john boehner confidently declared the house would raise the debt ceiling through next spring but yesterday the congressional budget office threw a wrench in the plan. it's analysis found that boehner's plan did not cut it as much as advertised, so now it's
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back to the drawing board. the speaker pushed off a vote until tomorrow pledging to rewrite the legislation to bring bigger cuts. he has now time toore up more votes amamg his increasingly capacity tiff caucus. >> i am confident as of this morning there were not 218 republicans in support of the plan. >> reporter: meanwhile, more than a dozen conservatives in the house and senate introduced legislation to prepare for the worst. if the debt ceiling isn't raised by august 2nd. >> we believe that it's absolutely essential that the federal government have a plan for prioritizing the payments that can and should and really must b b made using the resourcs that the government will have. >> reporter: two of the top priorities are ensuring social security checks and active duty military paychecks still go out, but the white house and congressional leaders insist it will not get to that point. the government will not default. tanya. >> karen travers with the latest from washington, thank you for that. even with a deal by next
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tuesday, many experts agree a downgrade in the country's pristine aaa credit rating is likely. our rating would become a aa. that's the same as bermuda and slovenia. a downgrade would boost mortgage rates and cause stock prices to fall. overseas markets are reacting to this possibility. we will check those numbers in a few minutes. in other news now, the white house is warning americans traveling overseas they face significantly higher security risk. al qaeda and other terror groups are planning new attacks, and it all ties back to the raid that killed osama bin laden. here's abc's pierre thomas. >> reporter: al qaeda's vow of revenge for osama bin laden's killing is no idlelehreat. >> tourists, people working in other cities, they think that's a lot easier, and it probably is a lot easier, than coming back to attack washington or new york. >> reporter: the state department bulletin warns of an enhanced potential for anti-american violence given the death of osama bin laden. current information suggests that al qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks. sources tell abc news that after
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bin laden's killing, al qaeda's new leader, ayman al zawahiri, told operatives to to target americans wherever they can be found, not just the u.according. according to the state department, americans should be concerned about suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings and bombings. u.s. officials are also mindful that bin laden had encouraged leaders to attack the u.s. by the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and there is growing concern about the reach of al qaeda affiliates overseas in yemen and the emerging threat from somalia. a senior al qaeda leader recently killed in somalia was carrying computer files indicating the group was discussing mumbai-style attacks on hotels in europe. this warning from the new nominee to head the national counterterrorism center -- >> probably the next most significant terrorist threat may emanate from the al qaeda presence in somalia. >> reporter: at least 40 americans have gone to somalia to fight and train in recent years.
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the wore is that some of those could be directed to attack here at home or overseas, which is exactly what the state department is concerned about. pierre thomas, abc n ns, washington. an alarming story out of afghanistan this morning, and it is still developing. a suicide bomber assassinated the mayor of kandahar. this comes just days after president hamid karzai's brother, himself a powerful figure, was killed in the same city. now these new attacks are raising doubts about the stability of this critical area for the u.s. another developing story this morning. drenching rain and flooding are triggering deadly landslides in south korea. at least 19 people were killed and several others are still missing. they were swallowed up by mud and debris in seoul and another town. many of the victims were college students who had been doing volunteer work. more than 15 inches of rain has fallen since last night with more on the way. a mexican judge has thrown the book at an american teenager giving him the maximum sentence for a series of especially
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gruesome murders. the san diego born 14-year-old admits killing four people whose beheaded bodies were found hanging from a bridges. the problem, though, the maximum sentence in mexico for a minor is only three years in prison. congressman david wu says he is going to resign caving to growing pressure over a sex scandal. the seven-n-me oregon democrat is accused of an unwanted sexual encounter with the 18-year-old daughter of a campaign contributor. wu claims the encounter was consensual, though. he says he'll step down as soon as the debt ceiling crisis is resolved a mountain lion struck and killed by an suv on a connecticut highway had quite a journey. it turns out he had traveled nearly 1,500 miles to the east coast all the way from the black hills of south dakota. environmentalist officials found dna matches in minnesota and wisconsin. that is the longest trek ever recorded for a land mammal. >> wow. >> isn't that incredible? >> heck of a journey
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for that guy. >> he certainly traveled far. weather around the country, severe storms from the dakotas and across the upper midwest. some hail, heavy rain and gusty winds in omaha, kansas city, des moines, minneapolis and green bay. showers and thunderstorms from the carolinas down to florida and along the gulf coast. monsoon storms from albuquerque to salt lake city. >> 86 in boise and 90 in sacramento. another triple-digit day in dallas and phoenix. 87 in the twin cities. 90 in chicago. new york and boston climb to the 80s. 90s from baltimore to new orleans. and coming up after the break, let the coffee wars begin. a starbucks competitor is ready to launch a major expansion. then what would you do? quick-thinking parents on the moment their toddler toppled over a 70-foot cliff. and thousands of post offices now on the chopping block, even ben franklin's. overseas markets are mixed
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on the lack of progress with the nation's debt crisis. tokyo nikkei average was off 51 points today. hong kong's hang seng is gaining and in london the ftse opened higher. on wall street the dow lost 91 1/2 points yesterday. meanwhile, the nasdaq index fell 3. home prices are up again in major u.s. cities for the second straight month, but no one is impressed. there are always more sales in the spring and prices are lower than a year ago. also, there are still many foreclosures in the pipeline waiting to go on the market and bring prices down even further. get ready for the coffee wars.
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the parent company of dunkin' donuts goes public today, and that's starting up a battle with starbucks and mcdonald's. the cash it's raising will help it expand west of the mississippi where its rivals have more stores. now, despite the name, dunkin' donuts makes most of its money from coffee. walmart is taking on netflix, the world's largest retailer now has a nonsubscription video streaming service. movies can be rented for $1 to $6 each and purchased for $5 and up. and they can be watched on just about any device with internet access. many subscribers are unhappy with netflix for raising its prices recently. among the 3,600 plus post t a historic one in philadelphia. it's in benjamin franklin's former home and looks like a post office from when he was postmaster general before there was even a united states. it is a tourist attraction but really not that busy. you can find the entire list of potential closures on abcnews.com. and coming up next on this
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wednesday morning, a flash mob on a plane. >> very cool story here. and then trouble in the pool for america's swimming superman, michael fleps. we'll tell you the latest on that. a woman drives off a cliff and waits nearly a day to be rescued. [ male announcer ] we asked real people if they'd help us with an experiment for febreze fabric refresher. they agreed. [ experimenter 1 ] relax, take some nice deep breaths. [ experimenter 2 ] what do you smell? lilac. clean. there's something that's really fresh. a little bit beach-y. like children's blankets. smells like home. [ experimenter 1 ] okay. take your blindfolds off. ♪ hello? [ male announcer ] and now new and improved febreze fabric refresher with up to two times the odor elimination so you can breathe happy, guaranteed. not only kills fleas and ticks, it repels most ticks before they can attach and snack on us. frontline plus kills but doesn't repel.
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a factory fire in the bay area sent a black mass of billowing smoke hundreds of feet into the air. the fire broke out in fairfield yesterday afternoon at a plant that makes plastic containers. the smoke there was so thick bubusinesses were evacuated, an residents within a mile were told to stay indoors. >> oh, look at all that smoke. now for a look at the morning road conditions. flooding on parts of i-80 and 90 from chicago to omaha and rapid city. heavy rain on i-94 from minneapolis to detroit. wet on i-10, 20 and 95 in florida. slick on i-25 from albuquerque
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to denver and on i-70 from central kansas to utah. and if you're flying today, airport delays are possible in minneapolis, chicago and new orleans. an oregon couple is enjoying every moment with their year-old son after he walked away from what looked like certain death. >> an unbelievable story here. little emanuel vasquez tumbled from a cliff at silver falls state park 70 feet down a rocky hill. his dad immediately jumped over the rail and sped down the hill behind him, and his mom says she, as you can imagine, was hysterical. >> i gave him his drink and i put mine down and as soon as i was putting it down, i heard him say, mommy, look, i'm sitting down so i was like -- as soon as i turned around, he was over and i was flipping out. he was falling. >> emanuel's dad caught up to him before he plunged to the amazingly, he survived with just a few scratches. lucky little boy. >> absolutely. in england a woman who spent an entire night teetering on the edge of a 300-foot cliff has
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been rescued. police believe she had a nighttime accident that sent her car plunging. she was finally spotted by a jogger hours later, and after a painfully delicate rescue operation, she made it to safety a little stiff and sore but basically okay. another lucky person. >> another amazing rescue there. oh, my goodness. in london it was called an emotional farewell to singer amy winehouse. hundreds of friends and family members gathered for her funeral yesterday. in his eulogy, her father said she had beaten drugs three years ago, but still struggled with drinking. following the ceremon winehouse's body wasas cremated. she was found dead saturday. amy winehouse was just 27 years old. another sad story this morning. the suicide of olympic freestyle skier jeret "speedy" peterson. he won a silver medal at the vancouver games last year. police in utah say he called 911 monday night before shooting himself. a suicide note was found near his car. dudung his life peterson did
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have problems with both depression and alcohol. a georgia woman whose 4-year-old son was struck and killed while she was jaywalking has been spared from a prison sentence. raquel nelson was facing up to three years behind bars because she didn't use the crosswalk but the driver, who admitted to the hit and run, only served six months in jail. after a major public outcry, nelson was sentenced to probation and community service. preparations for the nfl kick in today. rob likes this. 32 teams open training camps and players started returning to team facilities yesterday, a day after the new labor deal was announced. some were immediately informed they were being released to make room under the salary y p. free agents can sign with teams starting on friday. and here's one we're not used to seeing. american swimmer michael phelps beaten at the ongoing world championships in china. phelps lost the 200-meter freestyle to his friend and fellow american ryan lochte and he'll try again today
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swimming in the finals of the 200-meter butterfly event. there he is there. >> see how it goes. major league soccer holes its all-star game tonight, manchester united and last night's baseball highlights. hey, there, i'm don bell with your espn news update. a wild game in atlanta. the pirates and braves hooking up, and, yes, that's right, we are in the 19th inning. george schafer batting with a man on first, schafer lines one julio lugo advancing to third. braves with runners on the corners. next batter is scoco proctor, the relief pitcher. he's got a job to do. grounds this one to third. pedro alvarez going home. ball seems to beat lugo but he's called safe. what? are you serious? yes, lugo scoring on the play, but let's take another look. michael mchenry appears to tag lugo out, but home plate umpire
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jerry miels calls him safe. clint hurdle, the pirates manager can't believe it so after 6 hours and 39 minutes, the braves win, 4-3 in 19 innings on that controversial call. they're now a game behind the first place cards in the n.l. central. and the boogie down bronx, cc sabathia and the yankees take on the mariners. seattle has lost 16 in a row. top of the fourth sabathia gets ichiro down swinging. ryan, check swing. dustin richardson, the talented rookie, he's just looking. swinging on by. justin smoke suffering the same fate and gutierrez, go ahead. yeah, like window shopping at the mall. he's just looking. top of the sixth now. mike carp goes down on a slider. seven straight strikeouts for sabathia. top of the seventh, brendan ryan, the buzz kill, breaks up a perfect game but
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sabathia, career high 14 ks, and the yankees win, 4-1. that's your espn news update. i'm don bell. passengers on a flight from san francisco to honolulu got a taste of hawaii before the plane even touched down. >> they were treated to a flash mob. 20 dancers from a san francisco dance troupe suddenly got up and did a hula dance, yep, right there in the middle of the plane. >> how fun. >> shockingly the airline didn't even charge for it. >> a free ride after that. up next, the young shark attack victim who thought she would die. and on top of that, we'll update the morning's developing story. extreme flooding and even rescues now under way in south korea. stay with us. we'll be right back. back. it follows you wherever you go. it's a cloud of depression. and although you've been on antidepressant for at least six weeks, you're frustrated that your depressive symptoms are still with you. seroquel xr, when added to an antidepressant,
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treating the nation's war wounded and many washington's most powerful players walter reed army medical center is closing after a formal closing ceremony on its grounds. it is being moved to nearby bethesda, maryland. the 6-year-old girl attacked by a shark on a north carolina beach is recovering this morning. lucy magnum has an amazing story to tell. after the attack she thohoht she was going to die. she even asked her parents to pray for her. but today she's getting better and is all smiles. >> so many people today are very lucky to be alive. >> a lot of near-miss, yep. uh-huh. coming up later today on "good morning america," they may look pretty, but these venomous fish are taking over native to the pacific. they're wreaking havoc on the atlantic coast causing destruction in the progress. a closer look coming up on "gma." for some of you your local news is next. for everyone else, the new proven formula for, yep, a wonderful vacation.
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next, a deadly pursuit. the overnight high speed crash that has an offer ramp in the east bay this morning. the latest on the overnight hot spots after a massive fire at a north bay plastics plant. lisa argen is here with the forecast. >> good morning. we're looking at a little fog but the warming trend begins today through the weekend. >> welcome back to club america this morning. >> that's right. >> finally today, the anatomy of the ideal vacation. >> that's right. as millions try to plan a
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perfect getaway they might want to use a proven formula. abc's sharyn alfonsi shows us what to know before you pack your bags. >> reporter: the great american holiday. it's supposed to be a great escape. but for so many of us, it's just exhaususng. meet the klein family on day three of their new york vacation. >> like, are we there yet? are we there yet? is it far? i'm m hungry, i'm thirsty. >> reporter: the good news, scientifically it should get better. researchers found we're least happy on the second or third day of our vacation when we're most likely to be tired, get sick or bick up a bug from our new surroundings and happiness peaks when we've unwound and oriented, typically the day before we go home so back to the klijns. how long do they need to get away before they get the most out of it.
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scientists found short trips, two touallyays are actually the most beneficial to our well-being. frequent shorter trips givess something to look forward to. and researchers found most people actually enjoy planning their vacation more than the vacation itself. the anticipation, it seems, is often sweeter than the reality. and while many of us dream of lounging by the pool with a good book, pretending the shrieking kids belong to someone else scientists say we should really put down our books and get up because studies show vacations that involve activities actually bring us more happiness and when it's time to go home don't do it on a sunday. it's the surest way to lead to a post-holiday mood crash. instead, experts say come back on thursday or friday giving you a few days to re-enter reality and recover from vacation. sharyn alfonsi, abc news, new york. >> boy, those sunday blues, any way you can. >> good advice. >> that's